North Wales Print Fair has come to Llandudno. Did you go? It’s a highlight in the Mostyn Gallery Events diary and it’s been in my planner ever since they announced it.
45 artisan printmakers. Drop in print workshops. A letterpress demonstration. So much to see and do at the North Wales Print Fair on a Saturday morning.
But before you switch off because “art isn’t for you”, give me a little minute. I am not an art-lover like some, and my art knowledge is pretty abysmal. My only art credentials are these. Visiting the Sistine Chapel once (with 145,670 other people). Seeing the Mona Lisa from a distance behind the crowd in the Louvre. Gazing up (in a very British slightly embarrassed way) at a replica of Michelangelo’s “David” outside the Uffizi in Florence. Nothing that the average tourist hasn’t done when on holiday in Europe.
The North Wales Print Fair is for everyone, every lounge, every kitchen, every bedroom. If you like nice things in your home, you will love this. Affordable art with such a variety of styles that you’re bound to find something that you fall in love with and need to take home.
PRINTING PRESS DAYS
I hadn’t realised how much the whole “print” thing would remind me of younger days. One of the unusual things about growing up in a Boarding House was the regular holiday visits to the School Printing Press which my Dad ran for many years. We’d fiddle with all the notepaper, rearrange the letter blocks into our names and make cards on the printing press. So much fun.
WORDS THAT MAKE YOU THINK OF WALES
It was great to see Forme HK there, with their wood type press creating a public art piece themed around words that you associate with Wales. “Home is where the heart is” was on the press while we watched with a long list of folk waiting to have a go.
Lovely to see Yorkshire friends Folded Forest with their adorable leaping hares, jumping deer and burrowing badgers. Such a unique style bringing all our beloved forest creatures to life. Not just prints either – plenty of inspiration for gifts here with mugs, pins, tea towels and fabric bags.
RACH RED DESIGNS
Great to catch up with another Yorkshire friend, Rachel at Rach Red Designs, printmaker and designer of wild creatures and special places. I am the proud owner of Mountain Bear – one of Rachel’s delightful laser cut wooden brooches – so I’m in the club. Rachel translates her love of wildlife and wild places into a range of prints, mugs, notebooks, cards and pins. Not sure if there are bears in Yorkshire but definitely woodpeckers, foxes, deer, owls and squirrels. I have it on good authority that Rachel might be working on something with a Llandudno flavour so watch this space.
LIZ TOOLE ART
One artist that took my eye, is Liz Toole – a lovely chatty lady – specialising in bird themed screen prints, linocuts and wood paintings. Liz uses beautiful natural pastel shades in her work which looked really eye catching in the gallery. I might have bought a couple of notebooks from her, to add to my collection of “notebooks I can’t resist but are too nice to actually write in”.
JAMES GREEN PRINTWORKS
James Green of James Green Printworks is a self confessed “donkey fanatic”. He’s a Sheffield based linocut and screen printing artist so it was nice to see some familiar Yorkshire and Deryshire spots. But it was his splendid linocut of Llandudno that sparked our interest. Mainly because it included our cottage on the side of the Great Orme. So of course – it came home with us.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE COFFEE
Up the stairs you’ll find Oriel Cafe – Mostyn’s Coffee Shop – serving great Heartland coffee, cakes and lunches. It was quite busy this morning, so if you don’t like the crowds head there on a week day and enjoy a Jake-made coffee in the peace and quiet of this landmark building.
WERE YOU THERE?
If you were there this morning, I’m sorry I missed you, but would love to hear what you thought, and see what you bought?
I hope I’ve given you a flavour of what an excellent morning this was. I’m so glad I went along.
No excuses now.